Emergency service response in Ukraine, wildfires caused by this summer’s record temperatures, responding to electric vehicle fires, policing Glastonbury and delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games are among the diverse subjects covered in a two-day programme of fifteen free CPD seminars and discussion panels in the Lessons Learnt Theatre at The Emergency Services Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 21 and 22 September.

Always one of the most popular features of the show, the Lessons Learnt Theatre promises to help emergency service professionals enhance and upgrade their personals skills and proficiency, as well as focusing on operational improvements as the emergency services have pivoted ways of working. The programme’s focus is firmly on learning from real-life events and how to share best practice, ideas, and innovation.

Two sessions will cover experiences from Ukraine. Iryna Rybinkina, Consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist and CEO of Smart Medical Aid will fly in for the event to share her unique insights from operating in a European war zone in Inspiration from the Ukrainian Front Line. Catherine Levin, Editor of Emergency Services Times will also chair a panel discussion on Collaboration in Action: The UK fire and rescue sectors joint response to support emergency workers in Ukraine.

Are record breaking temperatures putting climate change in the hot seat? Dr Rowena Hill Associate psychologist at Nottingham Trent University will chair this discussion between Shaun West, South West Police Collaboration Deputy Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Ben Brook, Chief Fire Officer of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. They will look at how police and fire are equipping themselves and preparing to deal with the challenges of climate change.

West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton, who became a Twitter sensation after sharing the reality of responding to wildfires in West Yorkshire, is among panellists for the debate looking at When 40-degree summer days become the norm. He is joined by panellists from across the emergency services sector who will share their perspectives and outline what improvements need to be made.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s operational planning team for The Glastonbury Festival will share learning and best practice from policing Europe’s largest music festival, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary year.

Focusing on learnings from another of this year’s major events Sam Burton, Strategic Enabler at the West Midlands Fire Services is speaker for the seminar entitled From starting line to finishing line – delivering a safe and secure Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. She will reveal how the service worked with partners during three years of planning and 12 days of sport to balance the unique demands of the Games while also delivering services to its local communities.

Five additional CPD-accredited seminar theatres at The Emergency Services Show will cover Emerging Technologies, Health & Wellbeing, Future Policing, First Responders and College of Paramedics. The Emerging Technologies Theatre will showcase how the emergency services can manage and leverage data and technology more efficiently and effectively. The Health & Wellbeing Theatre will address physical and mental health for emergency responders. New for 2022, the First Responder Theatre aims to improve the collaboration between the emergency services and security industries.

The College of Paramedics will once again offer its popular 30-minute CPD workshops. The Extrication and Trauma Challenges also return as interactive experience for participants. Hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, the challenges showcase the latest technology and equipment in action, live streamed to large screens within the exhibition hall.

This year’s free-to-attend Emergency Services Show will be the biggest yet with more than 450 exhibitors. Visitors can source new technology and products from the leading names in public safety, medical and fire-fighting equipment, vehicles and fleet, drones, satellite and blended communications, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue, CBRNE, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, training, community safety and station facilities.

Entry to The Emergency Services Show and parking at the NEC are both free. Registration for the event is at www.emergencyuk.com